C – I have tried to avoid doing a bean week at all costs.
Especially, fava beans. Why? I think fava beans are hard to work with. You have to shuck them, blanch them and peel them to finally get to the edible part. I feel like I am paying for 90 percent wasted material and have to work hard to get the 10 percent that’s good.
I have also had horrible tasting favas. I’ve had a lasting taste memory since then. So, when Luke and Jim had suggested fava week I wasn’t excited. I even asked them to “Wow me.”. Jim was up for the challenge.
After a few suggestions I didn’t like, he ended up suggesting not to do fava week after all. But, my “win” didn’t sit well with me. Maybe, I wasn’t being open-minded. Maybe, I had to “win” myself over.
I did win myself over with Brussels sprouts once and I now love them. How did I start liking Brussels sprouts? I added bacon. It was the start of a new relationship. Maybe fava bean and I had a disagreement and needed a middleman in to start over. “Hello bacon! Welcome to the group.” Bacon will improve almost anything.
Yeah, there was a slight grin on my face when I was watching Jim stand there for 30 minutes shucking favas while I prepared the rest of the ingredients.
|Fava Bean Week: Fava Bacon Salad|
- 2 cups prepared fava beans (shelled, blanched and skin removed)
- 2 thick slices of bacon, cubed
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
- 1 Tbsp fresh oregano, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- pinch red chili flakes
- 4 sprigs fresh parsley
- 3 Tbsp toasted almonds, chopped, plus more for garnish
- Cook bacon pieces with a little squirt of grapeseed oil, so they don’t stick to the pan. Heat bacon on low for a low-and-slow cook, so it doesn’t burns and stays crispy.
- Once bacon is done cooking, add minced garlic. Mix in and let cook for about 1 minute.
- Add thyme and oregano. Mix well.
- Add fava beans, salt and pepper. Let cook for about 3 to 5 minutes or until favas are tender.
- Add red chili flakes and fresh parsley. Mix well.
- Add almonds. Mix well.
- Serve with more almonds and parsley to garnish.
This fava bean salad was delicious. I put in lots of bacon, Parmesan, herbs, almonds and anything else I could think of to make this dish as flavorful as possible.
I did it! I achieved a fava dish that I liked. Do I love fava beans? Not yet. Let’s see how the week goes and see if I like them more.